THE ERASING • UA-FS WINGATE ART & DESIGN GALLERY
1 December 2017 - 26 January 2018
PASSOVER • 2017 • Charcoal, Pastel, Colored Pencil & Coffee on Prepared Paper
I have never thought much about memory and personality or considered the role memory plays in the preservation and continuity of that personality. As an artist who witnessed the draining away of my father’s personhood through the diminishing of his memory, the question was how to convey this devastating personal and human experience without relying on visual clichés.
The final image in my drawings is largely the result of the pentimenti that moved the narrative along but did not resolve it. Sometimes though, the drawing fails as the pentimenti overpowers the final image like quicksand under a surface of marks and wipeouts.
Those failed drawings, with layers of partially rendered scenes and gestures, were the visual and technical cues for the Erasing series. The frustration of trying to define what was not formed yet was intimated by what went earlier, the back-and-forth process of drawing in and erasing out, having an idea or image revealing itself one minute only to fall back into obscurity the next, mimicked what I saw happen to my father in his heroic effort to recognize in the moment his own personal narrative and memories.
This series is the result of my collaboration with my father.
Now only ghosts are left.